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– Words: Jason Hanif & Ryan Lewis. Photos: Philip Nguyen.

When this website launched a year ago, we had no idea that we’d be here in twelve months time. Support for THE-LOWDOWN has been overwhelming, and we were blown away on Sunday by the response to our birthday event. It was difficult for us to count exactly how many cars came through, but we reckon estimates of over 200 are on the money. Best of all, it wasn’t all about quantity – this meet had quality cars for days.

Our first event took place six months ago, and since then we’ve been inundated with requests to host another. With a lot on our plates it took a while for us to get the ball rolling, but with our first year coming to a close we figured there was no better excuse. Our good friend Peter, of Sydney workshop Bodyform, had also just moved his business into a new space, so it seemed a fitting way to ring in a new season of trading for him. Couple both those occasions with a JDMST end of month meet, and you have a winning combo.

The world class craftsmanship coming out of Bodyform’s workshop is amongst the best you’re ever likely to see. We witnessed Peter’s attention to detail first hand during preparations for this meet. He worked through to night until 5am on the morning of, piecing together this white R34 above. His work is generally not put out for exhibit, but all covers were removed on this occasion.

Simon’s recently acquired EK Civic was wearing a new set CCW wheels, fitted up just in time for the meet!

This immaculate FD3S is always a crowd pleaser. The yellow duco is actually a factory Renault colour. The flawless widebody conversion here shows what Bodyform is all about.

Fonzy’s bōsōzoku styled Celica was tucked between two friend’s cars from interstate. Massive props to John and Dan of Auszoko, who trekked from Queensland just to be at the event.

Peter’s own widebody RX-7 was recently sold to a new owner, but it still made a guest appearance this weekend. Expect to see more on this car and other Bodyform creations in the near future.

Hendra’s WRX has been through a huge transformation over the last few months. Late last year we spotted this car with black SSR Professors and arguably the best Subaru fitment we’d ever seen. Mere weeks later it’s a new work of art, rolling out of J Racing with fresh paint, giant widebody, carbon diffuser, Project Mu brakes and AME TM-02 Tracer wheels.

Sydney’s Absolute crew made sure their presence was felt with a big group of their cars showing up before anyone else. The team is constantly growing, as is the calibre of cars they bring. The current line-up includes a few late model Lexus’, Audis, BMWs and a 350Z or two, amongst others.

We recently featured Juzzo’s awesome S14, and we were so glad he could come down on Sunday.  Nothing has people gawking quite like this car. It’s a real favourite of ours.

It’s always great to see the mood during these events, different styles of cars in Sydney’s scene blending together as a community. Together, we raised around the $100 mark for the Japan Donation Appeal. All funds have now been forwarded onto Casey’s appeal via shirtstuckedin.

Although the Autumn skies didn’t stay dry for us, the crowds were persistent and stuck around to enjoy our BBQ and the fantastic cars. A special thanks to Peter from Bodyform for hosting us, and to Justin of JDMST for the collaboration. To those of you who came out on the day, thanks for your support. We’ll see you next time! Until then, enjoy the rest of these images courtesy of our man in the field, Philip Nguyen.